Inside the 'Man United' pub that hosted City's title celebrations
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Apr 17, 2018,
Apr 17, 2018, 10:40
While Pep Guardiola was busy playing golf and claimed he wasn't going to watch United's match against West Brom, Vincent Kompany was seen watching - and celebrating - the Baggies' win. In his second season in charge, Guardiola, aided by the vast financial backing of City's Abu Dhabi-based owners, has created a sublime team that helped him become the first Spanish coach to win the English top-flight title.
"You go through all of City's team and he has improved every player". In 2018, they also scored 100 league goals, the first time in 25 years an outfit had achieved that feat.
"We've won the league for you, Man City, Man City", West Brom's fans chanted after the final whistle. "We want to stay humble about the fact that it's not a dynasty".
'He came in two years ago and changed the way we play.
'This season has been incredible and the football we've played has been the best I've been involved with while at the club'.
After Facetiming Kevin De Bruyne, who was out of the country with his family, Kompany roused a number of nearby team-mates and took them to the Railway. I've never been able to retain a title and I want to see if this team has it to be even more successful'.
"It is one of the first things I noticed within the first month", he said. It is important to believe because Manchester City is not like United or Chelsea or Arsenal - you know, the big clubs in England who have a big history behind them.
'We needed a period of adaptation...his methods were the right ones, we believed in him.
"I think the whole season shows that until now we have been the best team in the league and the Champions League or a cup is a different prospect".
City had moved to the brink of glory with victory at Tottenham on Saturday but the crowning moment came in unexpected circumstances as Jay Rodriguez headed the bottom side to a 1-0 win at Old Trafford.
"The first time you win it, you think you'll win all of them", said Kompany.
"We will have to try (to get better)".
Yes, they may have won it in stylish fashion, but Manchester City all but ruined their title success with one of the worst celebratory videos of all time. This result left his team one point clear of third-place Liverpool, with a game in hand.